The Prevention Alliance of Loudon County participated in the Spring Take Back Event. Our event was held at the Tellico Village Welcome Center from 10-2, Saturday, April 27, 2019.
We anticipated about 150 or so participants but went ahead and printed 200 surveys. We ran out of surveys at 1 pm! We also printed flyers to distribute throughout the community, placed a large banner and several signs about the event as well. Everyone who participated had a great day! I was shocked at how many participants thanked us for having the event. They were happy to get rid of their expired, unused and unwanted medications.
6 large bags of empty pill bottles were donated to Lion's Club to send to third world countries
Here is the hour-by-hour tally of participants:
Before 10 AM: 12
10AM-11 AM: 115
11 AM-12 Noon: 65
12 Noon-1 PM: 35
1 PM-2 PM: 47
Breakdown of collections:
Total container take back= 3,225
475 OTC containers-recycled/ 900 amber containers with lids/ 1850 amber/white prescription containers with lids & labels intact
161 Pounds of medications surrendered
Thanks to everyone who participated:
21 Volunteers/ 216 Survey completions
Our event was sponsored by Align9, our fiscal agent, (align9.org) and a $1000 grant sponsored by the Tellico Community Foundation (https://www.tellicolife.org/tellico-community-foundation) an affiliate foundation of the East Tennessee Foundation (http://www.easttennesseefoundation.org) The Tellico Village Community (https://tellicovillage.org/about-us/) rallied around our event and responded in kind.
Advertisements for the event ran throughout the community and social media, closed circuit TV channels, newspapers, and even a video commercial. (https://vimeo.com/331062925)